HTC First: R.I.P. or Wait-and-See?
Last week’s news of a big HTC First price cut resulted in mixed reactions. Some saw it as great news, making an already hot phone even more affordable. On the other hand, that big of a cut, that early on in the phone’s life, had others talking about the beginning of the end for the First. Today a new rumor claims that the latter situation is closer to the truth, and the First could be getting an early retirement.
BGR claims to have heard from its sources that dismal First sales – to the tune of a mere 15,000 units – are causing the carrier to abandon the phone, rather than ride things out and see if sales can’t improve.
AT&T, while not forcefully denying the rumor, offers its own explanation, claiming “we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans.”
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the First; AT&T really can’t make it much cheaper, so we’ll have to see if the new low price is enough to help motivate sales. Just don’t be surprised if you see it show up on a leaked EOL list one of these days.